Scholarships and Awards

Indigenous Graduate Award

The Government of Alberta offers the Indigenous Graduate Award to encourage Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) Albertans to pursue graduate studies in Alberta. All department fields are eligible for funding.

NOTE: This Competition is open to previous Indigenous Graduate Award recipients, however this competition is not open to students who have already received full-year funding ($15,000) through the Spring 2018 term Indigenous Graduate Award competition.

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  • Value
    The awards are valued at a maximum of $15,000 per year, and can be awarded in half values ($7,500) to fund a single term.
  • Eligibility

    Eligible applicants must:

    • Be Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit and be able to provide proof of Aboriginal Identity
    • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
    • Be an Alberta resident
    • Be registered full-time in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Alberta during the Fall 2018 term
    • Have satisfactory academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.7 over the most recent 15 units of graded course weight at UofA or 3.0 from other institution)
    Note: GPA calculations will start in the term preceding the term of the application deadline, moving backwards until minimum 15 units of graded course weight is reached.

  • Selection Criteria
    • Academic achievement
    • Academic potential
    • Involvement in Aboriginal community
  • Application Process

    Eligible students must submit their complete application packages directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research by 4 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018.

    Application packages must be submitted via e-mail to as one PDF document, organized in the following order: Application form, CV, Proof of Aboriginal Identity.

    Reference letters must be provided directly to FGSR by referees, either as hard copies or via email.

    Complete application package includes:

    Indigenous Award Application Form
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    One Letter of Reference to Support Application for Graduate Award (Academic reference letter must come directly from referees if sent by email to OR if hard copy, must arrive at FGSR in a sealed envelope)
    • Proof of Aboriginal Identity (see application form for details). Please provide copies of both the front and back of the identity card.

  • Deadline & Competition Timeline
    • Application Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018